In November 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, and surrounding neighborhoods were in the midst of several nights of rioting and looting. But something happened during all of this. Something that didn't make many headlines -- a movement called "Paint for Peace."
I've returned a number of times to revisit the exhibit as, from an artist's perspective, it is fascinating to see works that are not finished offer insight into the artistic working process -- what the artist may have been thinking at that point in the painting.
It left one with the impression that the art which seems incomplete is more than complete -- indeed -- in some ways superior to the finished work of these artists. These are paintings that actually breathe.
The superbly curated works spread over several rooms and loaned from all over the world, an astounding 140 pieces, reflects the evolution of Picasso's work and each room is indicative of a particular phase in his life.
Two exhibits of my work, Oil and Water and Re/Viewing the American Landscape are currently on view at Blue Water Fine Arts in Port Clyde, Maine. I've been spending summers painting in Maine for close to forty years and exhibiting there for over thirty.
That general reluctance toward averment has, perhaps, kept Livingston away from the necessary self-promotion required for the coveted New York scene since she earned an MFA in painting at Boston University.
The National Gallery of Art has acquired more than 6,000 works of art from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Beginning in the summer of 2015 and continuing for several months, the paintings will be integrated into the American galleries on the main floor.
While I do not *feel* like an artist, I welcome this opportunity to explore my creativity and passion in a (sort of) new medium. It is invigorating to have a chance to use my tenth year of blogging to pursue something entirely fresh and new.
As befits an art space that calls itself a 'lab,' the interior of the El Segundo Museum of Art is sparse. In the center of the space rests a chair and, piled with art books, a small table. The walls are lab white, the ceiling high.